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John Oliver uses puppets to explain how broken the U.S. prison system is

"It's a fact that needs to be spoken. America's prisons are broken."


Michelle Jaworski


Posted on Jul 21, 2014   Updated on May 30, 2021, 10:25 pm CDT

If straight-up discussing a much-ignored issue doesn’t work, just recruit some puppets to help sing about it with you.

This time around, John Oliver’s tackling the U.S. prison system and its accompanying corruption, racial bias, sexual assaults, and inhumane conditions. But when half of the prisoners incarcerated are drug offenders serving mandatory minimum sentences, and with so few people caring, it’s probably not going to get any better anytime soon.

In what’s becoming a much-watch on Sunday nights or Monday mornings, Oliver’s clip is an eye-opening look for those who were previously ignorant of the issue.

But in case the lengthy segment didn’t do it for you, Oliver took the Sesame Street approach. The show’s already covered the issue of incarcerated parents, maybe a few puppets singing about the broken prison system will make an difference.

Photo via Last Week Tonight with John Oliver/YouTube

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*First Published: Jul 21, 2014, 11:10 am CDT